September 10, 2005

A KEY COLD WARRIOR, IN HER OWN WAY:

Eugenia Charles, 86, Is Dead; Ex-Premier of Dominica, Called 'Iron Lady' (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 9/09/05)

Eugenia Charles, the former prime minister of Dominica, who gained widespread attention when she stood beside President Ronald Reagan as he announced the invasion of Grenada, died Tuesday on the island of Martinique. She was 86.

She died at a hospital where she had been taken for treatment of a broken hip, said Dr. Bernard Yankey, a longtime associate.

Dame Eugenia, the first woman to become a prime minister in the Caribbean, was known as the region's "Iron Lady." She survived two coup attempts during her tenure, which stretched from 1980 to 1995. She was made a dame of the British Empire in 1992.

She stood with President Reagan at the White House on Oct. 25, 1983, when he announced the invasion of Grenada. She then dismissed critics who scorned her for supporting the United States military action.

"The Grenadians wanted it, and that's all that counts," she told The Associated Press in a 1995 interview. "I don't care what the rest of the world thinks." [...]

She became prime minister in 1980, two years after Dominica declared independence from Britain.

A firm anti-Communist, she refused to accept scholarships offered by Fidel Castro to Dominican students.

"I am not going to allow my students to study in Cuba where they will learn revolution," she said.


The seeds of Iraq were sown in Grenada.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 10, 2005 6:25 PM
Comments

I remember her well. Golda Meir in a Caribbean setting. As David Ben Gurion said of Golda:

"She's the only man in my Cabinet!"

Posted by: obc at September 10, 2005 8:41 PM
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